Review: Wild Women Do: Female killers, tricksters and crooks in Singapore by Yeo Suan Futt

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Bernard Sim” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]With such a title it is hard not to attract Singapore readers to pick this book up, so does this book warrant readers to give it a go?  Read on to find out.

This book contains the crimes of modern women who were led astray or even led youngsters astray due to their incontrollable desire for sex as well as some weird actions (eg. walking naked in a crowded place) committed by them which no one will really understand. Greed also plays a part in getting people killed, the book will also write about why these women make use of others to commit crimes.

The book is divided into thirteen chapters where each chapter has its own stories. These stories were reported in the papers and as a Singaporean, you’d probably have already heard about them. What this book does is to give you slightly more information than what the newspaper reported.

In one of the story, Yeo wrote about a property agent who went missing for more than a month. The body was finally found and her housemate Ang Soo Hoon was arrested. I used to work on the trading floor where Ang was working. While we don’t talk to each other, everyone knows who’s who on the floor. I even went for a trip to Bintang with a large group of friends and Ang was in that group. Ang is a very quiet person and friends on Facebook were rather surprised when she was arrested. They even came to defend Ang on Facebook telling everyone not to speculate what happened. At the time when this book was published, Ang was not found guilty yet. It was only in July 2015 that Ang was found guilty and sentenced to 12.5 years’ jail. Ang pleaded that she was helping the victim to end her life. No, nobody on Facebook came to her defence when the sentence was announced. This story made me think of the days I spent on the trading floor and also made me ponder life can be so unpredictable especially when you make a wrong step.

Another very well known case is the underage prostitute that got 51 men charged. This chapter was not too long and don’t expect explicit details on what was going on during the transactions. However, SMS details was described in the book. If you read this case on the papers, you’d probably already know what’s in this chapter. Nonetheless, reading it again makes one wonder where is it right to protect an underage person that got so many others into trouble. No doubt those men needs to be punish but to let the girl go scot free? Some were saying there she is young and deserve a second chance, what about the men? Don’t they deserve a second chance? After all, they were being deceived of her age. Anyway, this is about morals. Ok, enough of my venting 🙂

The book is very easy to read and the chapters are pretty short. Stories are written to satisfy your curiosity on how the stories came about. A few of the stories involved sexual affairs between a teacher and a student but there are also non-sex related crimes.

While I enjoyed reading this book, I also learnt something from it. I learned that digital penetration has nothing to do with “opposite of analog”, this is the official term used by the courts to describe a certain action. Some of you may already know but if you don’t know, read the book to know what is it 🙂

A rather satisfying read if you are as kaypoh (Singapore’s version of busybody) as me.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]


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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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